As potential strength, Ely has a population of 200, among whom are
forty-seven voters, and there are fifty-one dwellings within the territory
of 200 acres that has been incorporated.
Various lines of business
are well represented, and Ely has been, since its foundation, a good
trading point for the farmers, the merchants having practically the
advantages of city existence in their location and the ease with which
they communicate with the whole-sale trade of Cedar Rapids.
The people of the village
and the farmers who trade at that point supply the force that has made Ely
what it is and that will be responsible for advancement.
The lines represented at
this time are -
Three general stores
One drug store
Two harness shops
Two agricultural implement stores
Two school buildings
One grain elevator
One lumber yard
Two blacksmith shops
Two butcher shops
One carpet weaver
One undertaker and furniture
These lines of business
would alone stamp the place as a typical "center" of a western
farming section, and it may be said that personally and socially the
merchants of Ely have a hospitable manner that is calculated to win
friends in any of the affairs of life.
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